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Ac·ti·um

 (ăk′shē-əm, -tē-)
A promontory and ancient town of western Greece. In 31 bc it was the site of Octavian's naval victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra. As a result of the battle, Egypt came under Roman control and Octavian (later Augustus) was established as Rome's ruler.

Actium

(ˈæktɪəm)
n
(Placename) a town of ancient Greece that overlooked the naval battle in 31 bc at which Octavian's fleet under Agrippa defeated that of Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Ac•ti•um

(ˈæk ti əm, -ʃi əm)

n.
a promontory in NW ancient Greece: Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian and Agrippa in a naval battle near here in 31 B.C.
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Noun1.Actium - an ancient town on a promontory in western GreeceActium - an ancient town on a promontory in western Greece
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
2.Actium - the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BCActium - the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BC
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
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From Salamis to Actium, through Lepanto and the Nile to the naval massacre of Navarino, not to mention other armed encounters of lesser interest, all the blood heroically spilt into the Mediterranean has not stained with a single trail of purple the deep azure of its classic waters.
A frugal mind cannot defend itself from considerable bitterness when reflecting that at the Battle of Actium (which was fought for no less a stake than the dominion of the world) the fleet of Octavianus Caesar and the fleet of Antonius, including the Egyptian division and Cleopatra's galley with purple sails, probably cost less than two modern battleships, or, as the modern naval book-jargon has it, two capital units.
Towards noon whales were raised; but so soon as the ship sailed down to them, they turned and fled with swift precipitancy; a disordered flight, as of Cleopatra's barges from Actium.
He told me, "he had for many years been commander of a ship; and in the sea fight at Actium had the good fortune to break through the enemy's great line of battle, sink three of their capital ships, and take a fourth, which was the sole cause of Antony's flight, and of the victory that ensued; that the youth standing by him, his only son, was killed in the action.
The battle of Actium, decided the empire of the world.
31 BC: Cleopatra and Mark Antony make a disastrous decision to delay Ruler of Egypt and Roman husband Mark Antony waited too long to fight rival Octavian at Actium, and lost.
Matters cross a threshold at Actium when he directs his ship to turn and run from the face of battle in pursuit of Cleopatra's fleeing galley.
Moreover, Augustus' and Antony's veterans engaged in violent confiscations of land in Italy after the battle of Philippi in 42 BC and also after the battle of Actium in 31 BC.
By proving himself to be like Aristaeus the better and more obedient poet and respectful of the law, Virgil eventually gained the commission to write the epic that would celebrate Octavian's great victory at Actium which later became a poem, the Aeneid, that would honor him, the Roman people and his Empire.
Pak worked earlier as a managing director at private equity firm Actium Corp.
After the famous Actium battle, Egypt becomes a part of the Roman kingdom in 31 B.
Yet within months of the dictator's assassination in 44 BC Augustus was a serious contender to succeed him, and by defeating Antony and Cleopatra at Actium in 31 BC he became incontestably the most powerful man in the Roman world; his elevated status was confirmed by the title of "Augustus" in AD 27, where historians conventionally place the birth of the empire.